Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D.

Associate  Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Associate  Director
Center for Exercise Science

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Muscle Biology, Center for Muscle Biology, University of Kentucky (2007-2010)
  • Ph.D. in Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University (2006)
  • Physical Therapy, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL) (2003)

Ferreira CV
Laboratory of Basic & Clinical Muscle Biology/

Contact Info

FLG 110 | FLG 43
P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
(352) 294-1724 | ferreira@hhp.ufl.edu


Leonardo F. Ferreira, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Dr. Ferreira’s clinical experience with patients suffering from muscle weakness and fatigue triggered his interest in muscle biology. He joined the University of Florida after undergoing research training at the University of California, Los Angeles (Harbor-UCLA), Kansas State University, and the Center for Muscle Biology at the University of Kentucky Medical School. Ferreira’s research experience spans from experiments in individual cells to non-invasive studies in humans. He has been funded by NIH and the American Heart Association throughout his career.

At the University of Florida (UF), Leo Ferreira directs the Laboratory of Basic and Clinical Muscle Biology. The scientific mission of the laboratory is to resolve mechanisms and advance therapies against respiratory and limb muscle abnormalities in heart failure. The academic goal of the laboratory is to provide the best possible opportunities for trainees to achieve their career goals and prepare future generations of scientists and physiologists.

Leo Ferreira’s research group uses an integrative approach with state-of-the-art techniques to study force production by intact muscles (in vivo and in in vitro) and single muscle fibers and examine molecular events in whole-tissue and cultured cells. Research studies involve pharmacologic and genetic interventions in rodent models of heart failure and experiments using muscle biopsies from patients.

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of muscle contraction and weakness
  • Respiratory and redox muscle biology
  • Heart Failure with reduced or preserved ejection fraction
  • Sphingolipids in muscle biology